Neo-conservatives can’t seem to make up their mind about the Confederacy. They all agree that the Confederacy represented everything evil about early America (which places them squarely in league with their intellectual brothers on the Left) but why they hate it presents the real conundrum.
It borders on schizophrenia.
Neo-conservative historian Victor Davis Hanson, for example, often rails against the Confederacy when issues involving “state’s rights” and secession come up. He opposes “sanctuary cities” as a vestige of the “New Confederates”, and blasts California secession as a rekindling of the Old South on the West Coast.
On the other hand, neo-conservative journalist John Daniel Davidson thinks that the Old South, the Confederacy, and John C. Calhoun wrote the blueprints for the modern bureaucratic, centralized state.
So which one is it? Is the Confederacy behind unwanted decentralization or unwanted centralization?
To these “intellectuals” it is just unwanted.
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